Leverhulme Visiting Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger delivered the Trinity College 2020 Cambridge Climate Lecture on Ambitions for CoP26, Climate Justice & Law.
Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger explored key challenges and high expectations for COP 26 – in particular the importance of climate justice, law and governance innovation in responding to the climate emergency and urgently implementing the global Paris Agreement.
Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger is Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge, Senior Director for Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and the Executive Secretary for the UNFCCC CoP26 Climate Law & Governance Initiative. In the
lecture, she drew on three decades of experience negotiating international treaties, and supporting the efforts of countries from all regions of the world to implement their commitments.
Underlining how local and national law and governance instruments can help or hinder ambitious climate action, and noting the context of increasing public protest and climate litigation worldwide, Professor Cordonier Segger drew attention to the need for increased ambition under the leadership of the UK.
While many roadblocks remain, the lecture emphasized the need for courage, commitment and compliance in bridging the chasms that currently prevent effective action, and finding millions of diverse pathway to enhance ambition and action worldwide.